THE promise made by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno last year regarding allowances for the city-run universities came to fruition the other day, as he began the distribution of GCash for 800 students in simple ceremonies at the City Hall.
Moreno distributed P1,000 monthly allowance for each of the students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and Universidad de Manila (UdM) which are both being run by the city government and then, P500 each for the Grade 12 students.
The allowances are part of the social amelioration program contained in two ordinances passed by the city council under vice mayor and presiding officer Honey Lacuna signed by Moreno last year and which is worth about P1.1 billion. It also includes the grant of monthly allowances of P500 to senior citizens, persons with disability and solo parents.
The said ordinance containing the grant of allowances for the said students is provided for under Ordinance No. 8568 which takes effect beginning January 2020.
Under the scheme, the students are provided ATM cards where their allowances will be coursed through.
Students though, must be residents of and registered in Manila and with clean record. If the student has not reached legal age, his guardian or parents must be residents of Manila.
Moreno said the move aims to complement the free education being provided for by the city, so that the students will have money to spend on other needs like food and transportation, noting that a lot of students attend school on an empty stomach.
The mayor lauded Lacuna and majority floorleader Atty. Joel Chua for working on the swift passage of the said ordinance.